Join many dedicated martial arts participants from around the country and the world for an incredible and rewarding training experience under the tutelage of master instructors and competitors. All levels welcome, but some martial arts experience is helpful.
Action! The KMASC encompasses several days of training in the Korean martial arts under the tutelage of accomplished master instructors, and national team members.
Martial Arts. Instruction is traditionally provided by experts in taekwondo, yongmudo, judo, kumdo (Korean swordsmanship), and tsirum (traditional Korean wrestling).
Purpose. Refresh both physically and mentally through dedicated martial arts training away from home.
The camp will be held at the Idaho Taekwondo Training Center in Boise, Idaho. The ITTC offers a 1,700 square foot facility.
NOTE: Boise is only about a 9-hour drive from Mt. Shasta!
Replacing the familiar four walls of the dojang and removed from a comfortable, indoor environment with the expansiveness of nature, martial artists are forced to reevaluate the current status of their skills.
Get focused. By incorporating different drills and exercises that utilize the natural surroundings of camp, martial artists can then refocus and energize their training in the fresh air of the Western Mountains.
Try something new. The format of the camp makes it easy for attendees to try a martial art other than their specialty and greatly exhance their martial arts experience.
Education. Plus, instructors are easily accessible and available for additional questions.
Lodging accommodations are up to the attendees. Boise has a number of comfortable hotels. AirB&B house rentals and KOA camp sites are also available in the area.
Boise is approximately a 9-hour+ drive from Mt. Shasta (531 miles) depending on the route and construction along the way. The easiest route is Hwy. 97 to Bend, turn right, and follow Hwy. 20 East to Boise.
Other options: Flights between Medford and Boise are approximately $300. Traveling by train/bus from Dunsmuir to Boise is approximately 22 hours (10+ hours to Portland via train; 10+ hours from Portland to Boise via bus) and costs approximately $100 to $150, one-way.
The instructional staff often includes exceptional master instructors, World Champions, and Olympic medalists in taekwondo. Instructors for 2020 will be announced at a later date.
My overall impression of camp was pretty awesome. It was cool learning the different ways that people were taught, and it was nice to have new people to train with.
Camp begins on Friday and ends on Sunday at Noon.
The final camp schedule will be provided at a later date. Following is an example of a typical day at camp.
Breakfast: Hotels usually have complimentary meals including breakfast. Local grocery stores and coffee shops have fruit, muffins, juice, and more.
Early Morning: The first morning training session begins with taekwondo, yongmudo, or judo. With enough people at camp, there may be more than one choice at a time. Participants are encouraged to try martial arts other than those that they are familiar. Master instructors will lead the participants through drills and techniques.
Mid-Morning: The second morning training session begins with taekwondo, yongmudo, or judo. With enough people at camp, there may be more than one choice at a time. Participants are encouraged to try martial arts other than those that they are familiar. Master instructors will lead the participants through drills and techniques.
Lunch: There is a Korean restaurant a 5-minute walk from the ITTC. Other restaurants are a short drive away. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch and eat at the ITTC. The lunch break is usually about 2 hours.
Afternoon: The afternoon session begins about 2pm or before. Again, participants may have a choice of martial arts to select depending on the numbers of participants.
Late Afternoon: This is the time for games, swimming, canoeing, or just relaxing in the shade.
Dinner: Dinner is around 5:30 or 6pm and consists of pasta, hamburgers, vegetarian dishes, etc.
Since 1975. Dr. Ken Min led the first Korean Martial Arts Summer Camp in 1975 in Montana. It became an annual summertime event in either the Rockie or Sawtooth mountains that brought together many martial artists from California, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Korea for several days of training in fresh mountain air beneath bright blue skies.
Unique Training Experience. Participants experienced the sweet scent of pine intermingled with that of hard-earned sweat under the tutelage of national taekwondo team members and accomplished master instructors. The overall combination of instructors, attendees, activities, and location always made for a memorable event.
Local Memory. Get a better idea of the camp experience from this article from the August 16, 2006 edition of the Mount Shasta Herald:
Who is Dr. Ken Min? He is Master Buhs' and Dr. Halt's instructor at U.C. Berkeley and a world leader at using martial arts to enhance the learning process in higher education.
Martial arts training can be very demanding both physically and mentally. There’s always something new to learn. This camp solidified the mental aspect for me. And, I found a new meaning of being sore. It was great!